Mercedes-Benz, AMG considering electric turbochargers

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 11, 2014

Audi has recently revealed the RS5 TDI Concept, a vehicle powered by a diesel engine that featured an electric turbocharger, providing a staggering power when starting off. Still, Audi isn’t the only German manufacturer that considers using electric turbochargers on its production models as Mercedes-Benz also plans to use it.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is already using the electric-assisted 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine and thanks to the innovative turbocharging system it dominates the 2014 season.

In a recent interview with Drive, AMG’s head of powertrain development Jochen Martin Schmid said that some ideas of the concept used by the F1 cars could also be transferred to road cars.

He also admitted that one of the new-age technologies that AMG is studying is electric turbocharging, where the compressor is powered by an electric motor and not by the exhaust gases, in order to provide the maximum boost earlier.

Mercedes-Benz’ latest AMG model is the S63 AMG Coupe, which uses a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that generates 585 hp (430 kW) and 900 Nm of torque.

This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds, while the S63 AMG Coupe 4Matic sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds. Both models offer a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.

Still, the German carmaker will debut the all-new 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT at the Paris Motor Show. The new model will be powered by a brand new 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 510 hp (375 kW) and a maximum torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque between 1,750 rpm and 4,750 rpm.

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